Vitamin A series: An introduction
A diet full of vitamins is good for your health and your outward appearance, but are you getting enough vitamin A? Probably not says Dr Des Fernandes, a vitamin A skincare pioneer.
"Vitamin A and antioxidants are the absolute cornerstone of skincare. If you are not using a skincare which has vitamin A and antioxidants in it, you’re not using skincare. You are using a skin cream," he told Cover Media.
Vitamin A is so powerful in achieving great skin; it's actually what acne drug Roaccutane is derived from. The chemical definition of vitamin A is retinol, which is one of beauty's hero products. This is because it works by telling the skin cells to function normally, which keeps them fresh and young looking.
"Lots of people don’t understand that cells talk to each other, and there’s this constant vibration and residence between cells. We’re trying to understand what needs to be done and where things go wrong. We’re not yet fully informed about the language of cells, but we’re certainly making headway," Dr Des noted.
Another exciting element of vitamin A is that it works as a sunscreen.
This is why you should eat a diet rich in it, with Dr Des recommending lots of chicken and calf's liver. If that doesn't float your boat, take a daily tablet.
"Start on oral dose at 40,000 IUs straight away. When you use vitamin A by mouth, you never have an adaption phase at all. So you can start straight away on high doses. Whereas on the skin, you have to start low," he said.
"I think it is very important to take vitamin A internally as well as use it on your skin. When you take such high doses of Vitamin A, it acts as a sunscreen. So when you go out into the sun you get less damage."
It also works wonders on sunburn too, and taking a high dose immediately after the burning will make it vanish by the next day.
Next we'll be looking at how to use vitamin A topically.